Delicious Japanese food...
Posted on 12 October 2018
Japanese food is easily one of the most popular cuisines in the world, and it is no wonder why! Traditional Japanese food emphasizes variety and balance. This is achieved through the use of the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, and green), five cooking techniques (raw food, grilling, steaming, boiling, and frying), and five flavors (sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter).
This practice can be found in every meal, dish and even bowl of soup and rice. With its beauty in aesthetics and presentation of food alongside the use of fresh, high-quality seasonal ingredients, it comes to no surprise that Japan’s cuisine is so delicious and so highly revered by people around the world. Here is a list of the top 13 traditional Japanese foods and dishes.
We are pretty certain that everyone that reads this blog has at the very least heard of Sushi. Sushi is undoubtedly one of the most famous foods to come out of Japan. This dish was developed in ancient times, and was developed from the process of preserving fish in fermented rice.
Today, Sushi is made with vinegared rice and fresh seafood that is made in different shapes and forms. This mouthwatering cuisine is loved by internationally and easily makes it on the top of our list.
Centuries before Japanese people began eating sushi, they first enjoyed raw fish without rice. The name ‘Sashimi’ refers to thinly sliced raw meats, including raw beef, chicken and even horse, but today, Sashimi popularly refers to the cuisine of raw fish and seafood.
Tempura is a delicious dish of battered and deep-fried fish, seafood, or vegetables. Tempura is special because of the considerable care that is given into the way ingredients are cut as well as the temperature of the batter (ice cold) and oil (very hot) for deep-frying, this ensures that every bite of Tempura is made to perfection. Tempura is also typically enjoyed with a dipping soup-like sauce that enhances the taste of the Tempura. Mouthwatering-ly tasty...
Ramen is basically everywhere in Japan, at every street corner and even vending machine. It is a wheat noodle soup dish that is highly inexpensive and full of flavours. Shoyu ramen is the most common type of Ramen, Shoyu Ramen is a clear, brown flavored noodle soup with soy sauce (shoyu).
The soup is usually made from chicken broth but often contains other meats such as pork, beef or fish accompanied with a hard-boiled egg and a variety of vegetables, such as onion, mushrooms, bean sprouts, seaweed, and corn. So grab your chopsticks and enjoy the noodles early from the moment it is served and slurp away!
Udon are thick white noodles made from wheat flour, they are thicker than Soba and Ramen noodles, whiter and chewier. Popular either served hot or cold, with or without soup and sometimes with vegetables, egg and meat. Again, grab those chopsticks and slurp away!
Japanese pancake or pizza? Well, it is delicious. Okonomiyaki is pan fried and consists of batter and cabbage. Different toppings and ingredients are added, anything from sliced meat and seafood to wasabi and cheese. ‘Okonomi’ in Japanese means ‘to one’s liking’ this explains the variability that Okonomiyaki is made.
So much so that in Hiroshima, Okonomiyaki includes a layer of fried Soba noodles. At some Okonomiyaki restaurants the dining tables are each equipped with an iron griddle (or ‘teppan’), where customers are given the ingredients to cook the Okonomiyaki themselves.
7 Dumplings – Gyoza
Japan does not really have that ‘street-food’ culture unlike countries like Thailand, but Gyoza can be found sold at street stalls around Japan and at train stations. It is originally Chinese but has become very popular all over Japan. These dumplings have a different kind of filling though, mostly with some pork, beef or chicken, and some vegetables, and beans
8 Japanese sweets
Cute, colourful and some being very delicate. Japanese sweets are a form of art. Youkan, for example, is a typical Japanese sweet made of jellied bean paste. They usually come in three different colors; brown is made of black soybeans, yellow/green is made of green soybeans while purple is made of purple sweet potato.
How about delicious small cakes? Most notably, Ningyo-yaki is made from fluffy batter filled with sweet bean paste, and they come in all different shapes from Hello Kitty to adorable little birds.
And Mochi too. Except, Mochi is a glutinous rice cake that is typically filled with a bean paste. Very tasty indeed.
Ice-cream is also very popular in Japan, especially shaved ice with a variety of toppings.
A dish of bite-sized cuts of chicken that is grilled on a skewer. It makes every use of every part of the chicken - including the heart, liver and even the chicken comb - nothing is wasted reflecting Japanese culture.
10 Miso soup
Miso soup seems very simple, but it is an essential Japanese food that is served with every traditional meal. Made from dashi stock – either fish or kelp stock – combined with miso bean paste to bring a savory umami element to every meal. Miso soup is also typically served with tofu and sliced green onions.
The word ‘Unagi’ means soft water eel. It is a type of Japanese delicacy that has been popular for centuries, but the cuisine has stayed authentic through-and-through. The tender, sweet and savoury flavour that is used to make Unagi, is unique and not found in other forms of cuisine.
So if you’re looking for an authentic Japanese dining experience, Unagi is a must. For the Japanese it is particularly popular in the summer because it is said to aid with "natsubate" (tiredness caused by summer-heat).
12 Shabu shabu
Shabu-shabu is a popular type of Japanese hot-pot. Shabu-shabu’s unique name comes from the way you eat the ingredients where you submerge the food within dashi soup. The main Ingredient is thinly sliced meat, usually beef or pork. Other ingredients include a variety of vegetables which also comes with several dipping sauces.
This irresistible snack from Osaka is a perfect combination of texture and flavour. With a crispy exterior surrounding a gooey center of octopus pickled ginger and scallions, takoyaki carries an ompf as a meal of just a few ping-pong-sized globes of dough.
Brushed with a sweet sauce and sprinkled with nori, they're a favorite at festivals and as a late-afternoon snack. So snack away and enjoy every bite!
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